This is an extraordinary moment for our planet. Economic development has the potential to lift so many out of poverty, but too often it also places a burden on our one shared home.
Today, the world is beginning to understand that we must properly value the essential services nature provides if we are going to create a sustainable development path that will benefit all people for generations to come.
Now, Conservation International is seizing this unprecedented opportunity to set an ambitious agenda.
Our scientists, field staff and policy experts are: measuring the contribution of healthy ecosystems to human well-being; assessing the implications of development decisions; putting cutting-edge, rigorously tested information in the hands of decision-makers and the public; and demonstrating through field models how economic opportunity and the stewardship of natural resources can leverage change at an international scale.
In order to have the most impact as quickly and effectively as possible, we will focus both marine and land-based efforts on:
- working to secure a stable global climate
- understanding and protecting the sources and flows of fresh water
- ensuring nature’s ability to provide food for human needs
- minimizing environmental pressures on human health
- valuing the role of nature in human cultures
- safeguarding the unknown and as-yet-undiscovered option values that nature provides.
The challenges of our day are great, but they are not insurmountable. At Conservation International, we aim to transform our greatest challenges into the greatest opportunity of our time.
Conservation International partners with governments on local, regional, and national levels around the world to deal with high priority areas of concern. From Brazil to China, from the U.S. to Liberia, we engage nations in a common goal — to preserve natural resources for the benefit of all life on Earth.
Field programs are where we demonstrate that economic and social development must rely on the preservation of natural ecosystems. They are central to demonstrating that social and economic benefits do not need to come at the expense of nature. Rather, nature is fundamentally essential to future prosperity.
Every person, business, and government can and must act in the best interest of the environment. We are confident that adopting a "responsible use" ethic across every sector of society is central to changing our behavior and creating a world that will sustain us long into the future.
Science is the cornerstone of everything we do. It helps us pinpoint places with high biological diversity and threatened species. We can identify where every dollar spent will have the maximum impact.